GM Public Health listening event: Prioritising Health in Planning
The built and natural environment is a key environmental determinant of health and wellbeing. The design of our neighbourhoods can influence physical activity levels, travel patterns, social connectivity, mental and physical health, and wellbeing outcomes.
In the lead in to the Mayor's Green Summit in March 2018 the Greater Manchester Public Health and Planning Stakeholder Group (chaired by Stephen Watkins, Director of Public Health for Stockport Council) is hosting a listening event which invites planners, highways engineers, developers, regeneration teams and public health practitioners to come together and explore opportunities to improve the built environment though public health evidence-based approaches. Key areas of focus will include:
- The health benefits of Green infrastructure
- Movement and access
- Open spaces, play and recreation
- Healthy food environments
- Neighbourhood spaces
- Buildings design and layout
Outputs from the event will feed into the Greater Manchester Environment Charter which will be launched at the Mayor’s Green Summit as a call to action for the public sector, communities, businesses and voluntary organisations to deliver a thriving and sustainable city for the future. This will then lead after the Summit to the production of a Post 2020 GM Environment Strategy.
Further details will be circulated in due course.